Men's Hockey Falls To #11 Yale, 7-3

Matt Clune

WORCESTER, Mass. - Yale had seven different goal scorers and netted four power play goals as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to the No. 11 Bulldogs, 7-3, at the Hart Center on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-8-2 overall, while Yale improves to 5-2-2. Holy Cross was also strong on the power play as all three of its goals were on the man-advantage.

Yale took an early 1-0 lead at 4:32 of the first period when Broc Little scored off a rebound from a shot by Andrew Miller. It was his ninth goal of the season. The Crusaders responded with a power play goal by senior Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) at 6:32. He netted the goal off a rebound off a shot by sophomore Mike Daly (South Burlington, Vt.). The goal was his fourth of the season. Sophomore Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) also earned an assist. Holy Cross outshot Yale, 13-11, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the power play.

Yale then went onto score four straight goals to move out to a 5-1 lead. At 51 seconds of the second period, Denny Kearney stole the puck and scored on a breakaway. Yale then increased its lead to 3-1 at 12:56 with a power play goal by Tom Dignard. Just 1:48 later, Sean Backman netted a two-man-advantage power play goal, while 2:12 after that goal, Antoine Laganiere scored Yale's third straight power play goal. With just three seconds left to go, junior Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) found the back of the net on the two-man-advantage power play for his team-best seventh goal of the season. Clune and Daly each recorded assists. Yale outshot Holy Cross by an 11-5 margin, while the Crusaders went 1-3 on the man-advantage and Yale went 3-6.  

The Crusaders made it a 5-3 contest at 49 seconds of the third period with a power play goal by junior J.P. Martignetti (Winchester, Mass.) as he tipped a shot by Daly past Yale goalie Nick Maricic for his first goal of the season. Sheen was also credited with an assist. The assist by Daly was his third of the game. Yale then answered with a power play goal by Brian O'Neill at 7:18. At 18:23, Yale's Brendan Mason scored an empty-net goal for the 7-3 final score.

Junior goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 32 saves and is now 0-1-0 on the season, while Maricic stopped 20 shots and improves to 2-1-1. Yale outshot Holy Cross, 39-23, while the Crusaders went 3-7 on the power play and Yale went 4-8.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5 when they play RIT at the Hart Center for a two-game series. The games are at 7:00 p.m.